Updated: Feb 14, 2019
As Bobby and I meandered through the quagmire which is Reformed Baptist, we began to become very disheartened by the emphasis, not only in the Lord’s Supper but also on the law and how great a place it took even within the preaching of sermons, writings of books and blogs and videos. Over and over we heard the law of God so that we would know what God requires of us; so that we would know we were sinners. Then, when we came to the Table it was more Law: “Do this because I command it. There’s nothing to truly feed you on, but you have to do it to remember what I’ve done.” Was it a special time? Yes. Many within the reformed Baptists would remind us that it is the feast for the children of the Kingdom and they did, rightfully, “fence the table” but it did not offer the believer anything actually, just a memory. In the Baptist view (aka Zwinglian view) the Lord’s Supper is nothing more than a picture and memorial. So often I would walk out of a church service feeling truly hungry for Christ. I’d heard the sermon, ate the bread and drank from the cup and yet, deep inside, I was starving for more. In my heart, I knew the Lord’s Supper was something more.
Throughout my Christian life I have had moments where I thought, these elements of the Lord’s Supper are more than what they are. It was deep within my heart and in my mind that would not be shaken; something more is here at the Lord’s Table, something more than a memorial or symbol.
Heidelberg: A Spiritual Meal ONLY
The Heidelberg has much to say about the Lord’s Supper. This catechism was commissioned by Frederick III of the Palatinate who is referred to as both a Philippist Luterhan and a ‘latent Crypto-Calvinist’. Both of these positions evidence that though Frederick III had converted to Lutheranism under the encouragement of his wife, Maria, princess of Brandenburg-Kulmback, he did not hold Martin Luther’s view on the Lord’s Supper and adhered to the Variata, or the Revised Augsburg Confession of 1540 in which, without authority from the princes who signed the original, Philip Melanchthon altered the Augsburg Confession. Prince Frederick III spent approximately 30 days in a locked room, with on the Scriptures, to determine what Jesus meant by “This is my body…This is my blood.” He came out, having great influence by both Calvin and Melanchthon in the past, believing Jesus did not mean “this is My Body…this is My Blood” but instead, it was a symbol and spiritual feeding only.
Here is what the Catechism teaches:
75. Q. How does the Lord'